November 23rd 2015 This week Members’ sightings included:- Fieldfare in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, and Ravens in snowy Swaledale. The Mycology Section Organiser found Poplar Leaf Galls at Westpark, Darlington, and 13 fungi species at Fishburn Wood which included Elfin Saddle and Lentil Shanklet. Writer: Fleur E. Miles
November 23rd 2015 we played host to two members of the Weardale Wildlife Group. Mary Kinver informed us about the group’s walks, talks, and social events, and Carol Inskipp gave an illustrated talk about 17 butterfly species including Small Copper, Small Heath and Wall Butterfly which can be found in Weardale. Writer: Fleur E. Miles
November 16th 2015 This week Members’ sightings included:- Jay in a Darlington garden; Fieldfare, Redwing, Nut Hatch, Marsh Tit, Linnets, Bullfinch, Kestrel and Buzzard at Romaldkirk to Cotherstone; Whooper Swans at RSPB Saltholme; 25 fungi species found in Nunnery Lane to Baydale Beck, Darlington, included Birch Mazegill, the Coral Slime Mould Ceratiomyxa Fruticulosa, Field Earth […]
November 16th 2015 Roger Chappel gave an illustrated talk entitled “Beekeeping and Denes Project”. Darlington Beekeepers Association was formed in 2011. Membership is 100 strong. They meet at Brafferton. The Bowling Green Dene Community Apiary was established in December 2013. The DBKA contribute to education at Brafferton, and Polam Hall and St George’s Bridge Club in Darlington. They have developed vocational courses at Sedgefield and wish to consolidate research into queen rearing with the specific intention of re-establishing the indigenous British Black Bee.
November 9th 2015 This week Members’ sightings included:- Whooper Swans at RSPB Saltholme; Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting, Twite at North Gare; Angle Shades, Shield Bug, Red Admiral, Dragonfly in Darlington; Sparrow Hawk in Barton; Blackbird heard singing in Newcastle: this is early as Blackbirds do not normally resume singing until January. 10 fungi species found […]
November 9th 2015 Keith Gunning gave a talk entitled “Birds of The Great Barrier Reef”. In October 2014, Keith, a birder, and his partner, a diver, visited Lady Elliot Island, an Eco Resort just off Australia’s North East Coast. The island was deforested as a result of guano mining 1863 – 1874. Since 1966, conservation […]
November 2nd 2015 This week Members’ sightings included:- Kingfisher and Thrush in Darlington, and Funnel and Ashen Knight fungi. The Mycology Section Organiser found Candlesnuff Fungus, Turkey Tail, Crystal Brain, Variable Oysterling, Blackfoot Polypore, Plicatura Crispa, Fly Agaric, Pipe Club, Horse Mushroom at Faverdale and Herald of Winter, Earthy Powdercup, Golden Spindles, Puff Ball at Hedley Hope and Jelly Ear and Dapperling. Her most significant find at Faverdale was New Zealand Truffle of which there are only 30 records in Britain. This fungus arrived in the 1970s.
November 2nd 2015 Dr Jane Pottas, Phycologist, gave a talk entitled “Seaweed Uses and Diversity”. Seaweeds are algae. There are 660 species in Britain. They are classified into three groups as per Irish Botanist (1811 to 1866) William Henry Harvey’s method: Chlorophyta (green); Rhodophyta (red); Ochrophyta (brown). Seaweed is used in food, medicine, and fertilisers. […]
October 26th 2015 This week Members’ sightings included:- Whooper Swans and Shrew at RSPB Saltholme; climate change occurring in a Darlington Garden – a cowslip is flowering; Red Admiral and Peacock Butterflies still flying; underweight hedgehogs in Darlington handed over to a hedgehog carer; and Porcelain Fungus in Darlington.
October 26th 2015 Dr Theresa Bostock, one of the Field Club members, gave a talk entitled “Shells”. She has been collecting shells since she was a teenager when she lived in southern England. Her talk covered the description, distribution, ecology and human use of 28 specimens of Sea Snails (Cowries, Limpets, Periwinkles, Whelks), Bivalves (Scallops, Mussels), […]